This seminar was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, for professionals working in the cultural heritage space. Copyright restrictions are one of the greatest barriers to digitising heritage collections and putting them online and thus making them more accessible to the public. This seminar introduced participants to international case studies of institutions who are making their collections openly accessible, the legal and digital tools that they are making use of, as well as efforts to get the public involved in building online collections of heritage resources. Participants also shared their own methods for digitisation and discussed a pilot project in Johannesburg to bring major heritage institutions and the public together to popularise and share our history and culture online.
Previously Executive Director of international high-tech charity, iCommons, Heather Ford has worked in the âtechnology for developmentâ field around the world, focusing specifically on the relationship between open content and innovation. Co-founder of the African Commons Project, Ms Ford is now working on building collaborative systems for digital innovation in South Africa.